Antigua is best known for its beaches, and many of the cruise line’s shore excursions in Antigua include time to relax on the sugary-soft sands. Some of the island’s best beaches are close to the cruise ship docks. For a fully loaded resort experience, head to Dickenson Bay Beach—about two miles from St. John’s. For a more private getaway, opt for the Antiguan Crusoe Island Escape, which takes place on the secluded Prickly Pear Island.
Adventure seekers will find no shortage of active options on and around this island. The waters off the island’s southern and western coasts are are swarming with colorful marine life—perfect for deep-sea diving and snorkeling. There are also kayaking adventures, catamaran tours, and even yacht-racing adventures. Don’t miss the enchanting Stingray City, where you can swim alongside the sea creatures in a calm, clear bay.
Enjoy a boat ride through the mangrove-lined islands of the North Sound to Barge Reef, home of Antigua’s Stingray City. The calm, crystal-clear water is just three- to eight-feet deep, so even non-swimmers can play with, pet, and even feed the gentle southern stingrays in their natural environment.